Also: The world’s largest co-housing building, and Uber Copter will only make things worse.
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What We’re Following
One nation, undercount: The 2020 Census is approaching fast, and the risk of an undercount is high. The salient questions now are how large the undercount could be, and who will be left out. Based on demographic changes, new census-taking technology, and the possible effects of a citizenship question, the Urban Institute has calculated which states have the highest risk of an undercount—California, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Georgia, New York, and Florida—and who stands to gain in the best- and worst-case scenarios.
Such a miscount could favor whites and Republican-leaning districts at the expense of younger, lower income, and black and Hispanic residents. It could also throw key federal funding formulas out of whack. Even before the Supreme Court rules on the looming citizenship question, many states are preparing for a fight to ensure a fair and accurate count. CityLab’s Kriston Capps reports: Where a Census Undercount Will Hurt (or Help) Most
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Rest in Place
Stanley Tigerman, the dean of Chicago architecture, passed away this week, leaving behind a legacy that could best be described as iconoclastic. Tigerman, who died Monday at 88, is most often associated with Postmodernism, but his works ranged from the pristine international style (Chicago’s Boardwalk Apartments) to Gotham City gothic (the Chicago Bar Association building). He was a founding member of the Chicago Seven, a seminal Pomo group, as well as Archeworks, a public-interest design lab. Tigerman thrived on subversive humor—irony, playfulness, and irreverence.
His witticisms include a parking garage shaped like the front of a Rolls Royce, an Arby’s with a structuralist-expressionist touch, and a photomontage that depicted a building by Mies van der Rohe sinking like the Titanic. “It’s just a box of animal crackers,” he once told Chicago Magazine of a whimsical 1978 home that he designed in Highland Park. Tigerman’s work was cheeky, but never sacrilegious. The architect’s Jewish faith, evident in projects such as the Illinois Holocaust Museum, deeply motivated his humanist work.
What We’re Reading
Can we shrink our carbon footprint by working less? (Grist)
Big Carpet wants to end America’s love of hardwood floors (Bloomberg)
Automatic restaurants are a thing of the future and the past (99 Percent Invisible)
Urban forests are dying. Baltimore shows us how to bring them back. (Popular Science)
The NYPD apologized for its actions in the Stonewall Riot (New York Times)